A Commuter’s Lament

Two days of the working week went by so quick. Before I know it, it’s gonna be the weekend again.

YAY!

As I speak, or better yet, as I was writing this on the train, I come to think of how I am getting accustomed to commuting. Most times I dread it especially today because it was raining cats and dogs almost the entire day. I was dripping wet on the way to the bus stop. Of all the times that I have to forget bringing along my umbrella with me, why does it have to be now???

Anyhow, I survived 🙂

When it’s raining here, it’s like a rather mild drizzle back home. When it’s a heavy downpour, they call it storm 😉

The mode of public transportation in Sydney is only by train and bus.

Going back to my struggles as a commuter, it’s gross when you’re seated next to someone who didn’t even bother to put on a deodorant-if you know what I mean. I simply stop breathing the entire journey! Good thing I didn’t puke! Sorry! LOL!

Commuters at the train station

Commuters at the train station

What’s even more annoying is when you try to get an eye shut but some commuters were simply too inconsiderate talking so loudly on their mobile phones. They forget that they weren’t in the comfort of their own homes!

No! He's not the culprit. LOL!

No! He’s not the culprit. LOL!

A view from inside the bus

Inside the bus

Anzac Bridge is always a sight to behold!

Anzac Bridge is always a sight to behold!

And what about when I have to walk-run-run fast just to be able to catch the earliest train and bus? How I would have loved to wear a decent high heeled footwear to work but I don’t want to sacrifice comfort over fashionable appearance.

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Just a few of the commuters very early in the morning

One of the metro buses I take after a train ride

One of the metro buses I take after a train ride

So much for my lamentations!

Let’s focus on the good side this time.

Obviously, I am loving it while on the smooth train travel. No congested traffic to beat. I don’t feel bored at all. I utilize the time getting in touch with friends and lovedones.

But hey!

I remembered there was one instance when I went past the suburb where I was supposed to get off. I was so engrossed with the chat that I never really noticed I went past it. Lol! That was one lesson learned!

I also get a chance to compose drafts on my blogs via my iphone which I have to proofread prior to publication when I am infront of the lappy. That saved me a helluva lot of time! Talk about making use of the time and the internet data to the hilt! 🙂

One thing significant here too is that commuters come from various walks of life. A lot of the people here commute because it’s hard to find a parking space in the City. And if ever they find one, it will cost them a bomb per hour! It’s not even worth it to pay $40 or more for only 3 hours!

Personally, even if I could drive, I’d still opt to commute. I believe the pros of commuting outweighs all the cons.

Predicaments of motorists: Congested traffic

Predicaments of motorists: Congested traffic

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26 responses to “A Commuter’s Lament

  1. Bakit math man ni imong spam protection oi??? hahaha! nagyawyaw akong kalag!

    anyway, magbaon ka na lang ng heels going to work. para masuot mo mga shoes mo. hehehe…. ang ganda man jan te uy.. murag peaceful kaayo. At walang magnanakaw ng phone? hehe…

    ingat ka jan te! always bring your umbrella!

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    Lainybelle Reply:

    @Alley,

    Hahaha! ‘Wag ng magreklamo. Test lang yan kung gaano ka kagaling sa Math noon. Waahhhh!

    I tried that before. Kaso ambigat ng bag ko. Kaya nga iniiwan ko minsan ang payong sa sobrang bigat, sapatos pa kaya? Hahaha!

    Maganda talaga Bang tapos sobrang linis. Wala atang magnanakaw ng phones. Halos lahat ng commuters are on their own phones, wherever they are- crossing the pedestrian, in the bus, train, etc.

    Believe me, I had gotten my Cherry Mobile phone back when we had the hen’s night on a harbor cruise. The guy who found my phone phoned me and sent my old and broken phone via post. When Paye lost her iphone5 in the shopping center, she had it back too. The secret question she had to answer was the endearment they call each other (with her then fiance), hehe!

    Kung kelan dala ko ang umbrella ko kanina, di naman umulan. Grrr!

    Ingat din dyan! Punta ka dito para mas masaya! 🙂

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  2. What can I say but thank you for giving us an idea on how it was there and how your usual commuting days went through. Hehehe.

    At least Teh despite the lamentations and all, you still find it “practical” to commute to work everyday and make good use of your time while inside the bus.

    By the way, pila ka oras imong travel time paadto sa work? Nag bisaya kay lowbatt na. Hahaha

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    Lainybelle Reply:

    @Rovie,

    Hello Teh! No worries! If not for the challenge I put through to myself at the beginning of this year, I won’t be able to write something about it. Haha!

    Travel time on a quick train takes 30 minutes and 5 minutes by bus. That’s usually early in the morning. At the most it takes me 1 hour.

    Thanks for swinging by! Mwah!

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  3. Haha! Sis, your day sounds so exciting, eh? At least commuting there is not worrisome at all like it is in Pinas, di ba? And I meant the snatching of phones and bags and even life! How about driving your own car, Sis? Unsa man mas maayo– public transportation of driving your own wheels?

    Thanks for sharing your daily experience there! It’s always nice to have someone from another part of the world who is able to share her kind of life and joys! 🙂

    Looking forward to your next share! You are doing good with the challenge! 😉

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    Lainybelle Reply:

    @Rcel,

    Excitement never ends there, Sis! YAY!

    Jeez! If there are instances like that, it’s very isolated and only for places marked notorious. It’s never as bad as it is back home.

    I think when you’re heading to the City, it’s better to commute. Having to drive your own car is really good when going to other places EXCEPT when you’re heading towards the city. It’s never practical.

    My pleasure! 🙂 I am trying my best to keep up, Sis! I pray for strength and wisdom. Hahaha!

    Cheers!

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  4. welcome to composing blog while in the bus or train, that’s how I am able to write filler posts asap for my paid posts, these days, I relaxed in accepting paid posts since I could not handle writing filler posts anymore, I could do, one day at a time, but before, I guess, nasobrahan sa excitement to get as many paid posts from pj and lv.

    i so love that bridge shot, Laine, I do that too in the bus, I keep on taking pictures with my cell phone, kahit hindi ko sini-share, most of them, for my eyes only, kasi some instances, I just am happy to review the day that went by at the bus.

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  5. it is really hard to commute yet i also enjoy it once in a while, buti dyan safe mag commute well dito dapat alert kasi baka holdupper na katabi mo lol

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    Lainybelle Reply:

    @Joy,

    Sinabi mo pa, Te Joy! Haha!

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  6. It is so stressful to drive that I often prefer to commute especially when I go out alone. Of course, nothing beats just riding in a car driven by another person ha ha. Anyway, I believe you are having the time of your life in another part of the world so keep sharing your moments and discoveries to us here.

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    Lainybelle Reply:

    @Teresa Martinez,

    Hi Ate Teresa! You said it! If only we were born rich so that we can just hire a driver. Royal family? Hahaha!

    I am trying to share what I can in my neck of the woods 🙂

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  7. Your post brings back my bitter sweet memory of MRT . Everyday I have to commute from QC to Makati just to avoid the rush our craziness i always take Train to get to work. It is indeed a big help however the action inside the train the pushing and squeezing my golly i HATE IT! I always say this when you leave your house you smell like a baby and the time you get to work … forget it ha ha!

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    Lainybelle Reply:

    @Travel Quest,

    I guess here people are more disciplined. There’s no pushing and squeezing here at all and people are more patient. I know how it’s like in the MRT and there’s no comparison. In Sydney trains, you are seated comfortably, parang nasa airplane lang ang peg, LOL. The trains here have two levels. That’s why even if there were cons in commuting here, I’d still opt for it.

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  8. i know what you mean haha jsut imagine i live in malaysia with mix nationalities haha and more of you know hehe. I love riding train as i am always on time and fast if i needed to go somehwere. i haven’t tried riding a bus here in malaysia coz it looks not so good specailly peak hours haha. though in singapore, both trains and bus is very good

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  9. that’s very nice experience to communicating to the work, something you can experience in the big city.

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    Lainybelle Reply:

    @Nova S,

    You meant commuting?

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  10. Try riding the trains here in NYC during peak hours and you practically keep moving with the crowd. The subway system here however is so efficient, I’ve never come across one that beats the system that they have in placed here.

    Oh my, I can’t tolerate seating next to someone that smells badly. I normally just leave the area and take my chance somewhere even if it means losing my seat.

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  11. Thank you for the virtual train and bus ride on your side of the world sis 🙂 I hate commuting sometimes 🙂 I do not know how to drive and we only have one car which the hubby uses so I have no choice when he is not around. I have been telling myself to re-learn how to drive but the thought of spending on gasoline not to mention buying a car and losing my savings which could be used for more important things like the kids’ education makes me think otherwise. It is more practical to commute since I get to relax instead of focusing on the road when going home from work. There are many hassles though like standing when the bus is full etc but for now, I think I got no choice since I still do not have the budget to buy a car LOL. 🙂

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  12. Commuting in countries with less traffic congestion, good public transportation system and have good roadways is really something I love and will not mind. I sometimes commute here too when the weather permits and I feel lazy driving. I take it as a form of exercise routine so I get my cardio done and do a workout too.

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  13. Hahaha I thought that’s only in the Philippines (BO). Your post reminds me of the times I used to commute in Pinas when I was still working but unlike you, I always end up puking my guts out and it also triggers my migraine. Glad you are getting accustomed to it though.

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  14. I guess they should at least apply a deodorant before traveling! But it’s convenient when you ride on a train. You’ll not experience traffic jams just to keep your traveling smooth. 🙂

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    Lainybelle Reply:

    @Jonas Labagala,

    What to do? There’s some people in the world who doesn’t even know the word “hygiene.”

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  15. Hi Lainy! Now I know how your life as a commuter there in Sidney. Just wear comfortable shoes so you won’t feel exhausted wearing heels all day long. I did ride the bus too when I was working in the states but it was only 15 minutes ride from my house to my work place. I had no problem then. The worst thing that happened to me was when I missed the bus, it took an hour to wait for the next bus. I had to call a friend to take me to work that time coz hubby was at work.

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  16. Oh dear unpleasant smell inside bus or train is one thing I hate most. Here, I find train better than bus. As it’s always on time. When it comes to wearing high heels, I just noticed that people here tend to wear runners when commuting but they have their nice pretty shoes inside their bag to change when they reach their destinations.

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  17. It’s really frustrating (and disgusting) everytime you are seated near a passenger who (probably) was too busy with everything that he/she forgot putting deodorant or perfume. Lol It’s also nice to commute as it will give you an opportunity to be with random people and enjoy the ride as you move from one place to another. No need to drive!

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  18. Oh wow! Just got to read this today. And I am here to comment personally not because I’ve joined comment exchange, but I was just naligaw to this post. I enjoyed it! Hearing all those stories about your everyday routine and laments on the commuting chorva, I must say teh that you are still blessed! Your weather there looks fantastic that you dont need to worry about your makeup getting all messed up because of the el nino-like weather. The transportation system looks so efficient and comfortable pa din unlike here. Well, spare that passengers that unfortunately forget to think about self hygiene. Parang ano ba? Sobrang busy, hindi na makapagpahid ng roll-on?! Lol!

    Another thing that I really enjoyed about in this post are the pictures! Thanks teh! It feels like I’ve personally set foot on the place. Yan ang kagandahan ng pictures ngayon, we can have the idea of how it is to be in a certain place.

    Lesson learned for u, dala na ng umbrella! Haha. Wag na wag kalimutan kahit isang araw lang. Mahirap nang maulanan ulit baka magkasakit.

    I am happy to see you enjoying your everyday there teh. How I wish if given the opportunity, mabisita kita jan. Itour mo ako ha?

    Godbless you always!

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